Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Generations of Serving

a Biblical thought...
"I'm baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I'm a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He's going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He'll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he'll put out with the trash to be burned." (Luke 3:16-17)

a Book thought...
God's people are those who risk pilgrimage because it is the only way for them to see what God wants them to see and become what God wants them to become. (p40 Needham)

a Dave thought...
Yesterday I was in a lunch meeting when a couple of gentlemen came up for a chat. Recognising my uniform they wanted to let me know all about the Salvos and one of the men even said that his father thought we were ''the best people in the world!'' Well I must admit to being quite proud and while that man departed the second gentleman proceeded to tell us some jokes - all clean, ''that we may be able to use in our sermons.'' He had consumed a few too many beverages, but we found at he is actually a doctor who has worked with aborignal communities for the last 3 years and a very strong Catholic who is an advocate for "Right to Life".
It reminded me once again how well the generations before me have served the community so well that people like myself who travel around continue to receive the accolades. Like Generation Y who many perceive get everything on a gloden platter but have never had to work for it, the same can be said of us younger Salvos. The big question is now we have earned the respect and favour of the country how do we let them know about Jesus as well as just being a group of nice people you can chat with over lunch.

Just a thought.


Heather Princess said...

I got to chat with someone on the plane from Sydney to San Francisco because they saw the shield on my shirt. That was cool. Oh and I gave them the 2Love website to look up!!!

rehoboth said...

I was at a women's refuge today and some of the staff commented that they always got favourable comments about the Salvation Army from the residents, which is not always the case about other social organisations. The positive experience of the Salvation Army that these women had opened a billiant door for me today to go in and befriend them. They brought up the faith stuff too, which again I believe was due to the witness of other Salvationists before me. Of course now its up to me to follow up well.

God bless

Carol Young